Thiruvananthapuram: Avionic expert Dr K
Radhakrishnan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)
here, has been appointed as Chairman of Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO), VSSC sources said.
A senior scientist who played a key role in several Indian
space missions, Radhakrishnan succeeds Dr G Madhavan Nair who
is retiring this month-end.
"I am extremely glad. It is a very huge responsibility
that has been given to me. A lot of hopes and expectations are
there about Indian space programmes. My mission now is to lead
team ISRO to achieve the objectives", Radhakrishnan told.
He said space applications, satellites and launch vehicles
were ``programmes of thrust``. Another important mission is
the human space flight programme, he said.
Graduating in engineering from Kerala University in 1970,
Radhakrishnan is also an MBA from IIM, Bangalore, and took
his doctorate from IIT Kharagpur.
He started his career in ISRO in early 1971 as an avionic
engineer in VSSC and held key positions in the organisation.
Radhakrishnan had served as Director of Budget and Economic
Analysis and Director of Regional Remote Sensing Service
Centres. He was also with the Department of Ocean Development
and served as project director of early warning system of
tsunami and storm surges.
Besides being a top space scientist, Radhakrishnan is an
enthusiast of Kerala`s classical art form Kathakali and a keen